Friday, June 25, 2010

This is another article I need to copy and paste in it's entirety from CNN.

"Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick urged a school district to revise its policy allowing students as young as in elementary schools to get condoms if they are believed to be sexually active.

'It is simply not age appropriate to have a program in place for such young children, not to mention not having parents of such young children involved,' Patrick said in a statement.

'Comprehensive reproductive health education needs to be done in an age appropriate manner.'

"The policy -- passed this month -- has no minimum age on supplying condoms to students. It allows nurses to give condoms to students they think are sexually active after counseling and education without informing their parents.

"Provincetown school district superintendent, Beth Singer, who wrote the policy, said she wanted to ensure students of all ages requesting condoms get information on their use. (This broad is CRAZY.)

'Sex has no age limit. It's an individual scenario for each person," Singer said. "We can't put out an age for using condoms.' (Ummmm, so if a third grader admits he's sexually active with the little girl he sits next to in class, I guess Singer thinks that's okay. "Here is your condom, Billy. We need to get a banana from the cafeteria to teach you how to put it on!")

"Singer said the policy is being misunderstood and was never intended for elementary school students.

"It makes it clear that "we are against (students) being sexually active," she said.

"The superintendent urged parents to discuss sex issues with their children, including letting them know that abstinence is the only safeguard.

"A Provincetown school committee voted unanimously for the policy June 10. It was due to go into effect in the fall, but the committee plans to re-examine its wording amid the concerns.

"Some parents in the school district decried the policy, saying it encourages children to be sexually active.

'This policy is stripping children of their innocence and making them more vulnerable to sexual predators,' said Sherri Smitt, whose daughter graduated from Provincetown High School.

"Evelyn Reilly of the Massachusetts Family Institute called the policy "absurd" and said it does not give parents a say.

"'Sex ed allows parents to make the decision to opt their child out, this policy is essentially saying it's not the parents business if their child is having sex,' Reilly said.

OMG, you have to be shitting me. I watched the video on the page where Singer was interviewed. She admitted the parents have no RIGHT for their public schooled children to NOT receive condoms, no matter their age, if they ask for them. She wrote the policy like that on purpose. I guess she thinks she knows what's better for the students than their parents do. Okay, so she said the reason for that is so the parents will teach abstinence at home. But do we really need to start discussing abstinence with elementary students?

I always thought not. The first student that got pregnant while I was in school was in 8th grade. That was a shocker at the time. She kept the baby and had two more by the time she graduated.

But here's a real shocker...I sent this article to a friend of mine and she told me when she was in 5th grade, one of her classmates became pregnant!!!! I'm still reeling over that revelation.

So is Singer right on the free condom distribution, or do parents need to have a say in it? I think it needs to be repealed for the elementary and middle students, and possibly kept for the high school students. However, whether it's kept in place as is or not, the parents MUST be given the right to have their children opt out of this program. They are given permission forms for Sex Ed and even field trips, but condoms are somehow supposed to be exempt? I think not.

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